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Gaming spurs growth in PC monitor shipments in Middle East and Africa

Alienware 34-inch monitor (AW3418DW)
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Strong growth in gaming helped spur growth in third-quarter volume and value of PC monitors in the Middle East and Africa (MEA).

 According to International Data Corporation (IDC), overall shipments grew year on year 7.2% in units to 1.04m units and a 3.2% in value to $160.55m.

The top three vendors in remained unchanged during the quarter, with Dell continuing to lead the way, followed by HP Inc and LG Electronics.

The MEA region's consumer segment saw shipments increase 27.1% year on year, with much of this growth spurred by the strong performance of gaming monitors, which almost doubled in units compared to the same period of 2018. Meanwhile, the commercial segment remained relatively flat, recording year-on-year unit growth of just 0.5%.

Shipments of gaming monitors totalled 124,023 units worth $28.02m. The top three brands in this space control 55.7% share of the market's volume, with LG maintaining its lead ahead of Samsung in second place and AOC in third.

Nourhan Abdullah, a senior research analyst at IDC, said that the market experienced a successful quarter despite the region's second-largest market, South Africa, suffering declines.

“The revival in the regional market was mainly spurred by a rapid recovery in Turkey as a result of the Lira stabilising against other currencies,” she said.

IDC expects the MEA PC monitors market to grow 10.7% year on year in units during the fourth quarter of this year, with this growth driven by the continued strong performance of the Turkish market and buoyant sales during the Christmas and end-of-year period.

In the long term, IDC expects the market to decline at a compound annual growth rate of negative 2.59% over the 2019–2023 period as demand declines in favour of smartphones, laptops and tablets.